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  • British protesters rail against poor train accessibility

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 6, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    According to the charity Leonard Cheshire, over 1,000 railway stations in Britain––more than 40% of the total in existence––are inaccessible to people with disabilities. In addition to this shameful figure, even determining whether the station is accessible or not is hard, which makes planning traveling extremely frustrating for those with disabilities. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • Breda, Netherlands wins Europe’s 2019 Access City Award

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 5, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    Breda beat out 51 other cities other cities for this coveted award, such as Évreux, France, (which chose to focus on supporting invisible disabilities) and Gydnia, Poland, which was lauded for its efforts towards including people with intellectual disabilities. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • New study claims autism affects 1 out of 40 children in the United States

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 4, 2018 | 13:33 pm

    Results released from a recent study conducted by the journal Pediatrics revealed that autism could potentially affect 2.5% of children in the United States. This is significantly higher than the 1.7% estimated by the CDC using 2014 data. Thomas Frazier, chief science officer of the advocacy organization Autism Speaks attributes the discrepancy to "... Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, Intellectual Disabilities, People with Disabilities

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  • Playboy becomes the latest target for an ADA-related lawsuit

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Dec 3, 2018 | 18:52 pm

    Men used to explain their interest in Playboy magazine by citing the great literary content––not the images of scantily clad women. A legally blindman, Donald Nixon, recently took that argument to the next level by filing a lawsuit against the iconic publication alleging that neither Playboy.com nor Playboyshop.com were compatible with his screenreader. It turns out Mr. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Blind, Industry News, Screen Readers

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  • Uber partners with MV Transportation for wheelchair-accessible service in six cities

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Nov 27, 2018 | 13:40 pm

    It’s illegal for taxi drivers to choose whom to transport, but that doesn’t stop them from avoiding picking up people with disabilities. Some cities offer subsidized trips for those with disabilities, but they require advance booking and take longer than a direct trip because of multiple passengers. Even ride-sharing services have had their share of growing pains, with lack of wheelchair accessible vehicles markedly increasing wait times. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Industry News, People with Disabilities

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  • If a guide dog can make it there, it can make it anywhere

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Nov 20, 2018 | 16:52 pm

    Seeing Eye has been training guide dogs for almost 100 years. (Fun trivia: they patented the term “seeing-eye dog.”) The four months of intense training they employ with the dogs concludes with an trip to New York City as the penultimate test to prove the dog can safely guide a blind person. A trainer and the dog’s new master accompany the dog through busy streets and public transportation as the trainer assesses how well the dog navigates the various challenges. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Blind, Industry News, Low Vision, People with Disabilities

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  • If a guide dog can make it there, it can make it anywhere

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Nov 20, 2018 | 16:51 pm

    Seeing Eye has been training guide dogs for almost 100 years. (Fun trivia: they patented the term “seeing-eye dog.”) The four months of intense training they employ with the dogs concludes with an trip to New York City as the penultimate test to prove the dog can safely guide a blind person. A trainer and the dog’s new master accompany the dog through busy streets and public transportation as the trainer assesses how well the dog navigates the various challenges. Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Assistive Technology, Blind, Industry News, Low Vision, People with Disabilities

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  • IAP 2018-E5: Interview with Director of MABVI

    The Interactive Accessibility Site Feed Nov 12, 2018 | 20:58 pm

    IAP 2018-E5: Interview with Director of MABVI Mark chats with Sassy Outwater-Wright, director of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. They discuss such topics as the need to support people with multiple disabilities and the right way to approach a conversation focusing on the concerns of people with disabilities. Sassy talks about the mission of MABVI and how it impacts the lives of the visually impaired people it supports.Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes Author: Mark Miller | Tags: Blind, IAP Podcasts, Low Vision

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